While many of us make the same journeys every day (take the journey to and from work or to the supermarket, for example), there are times when we need to go on a journey we have never made before. This might occur if we go to visit someone, or go on holiday somewhere new. In these cases, we will end up driving on unfamiliar roads.
In order to stay safe in these situations, it is important to take into account various safety measures. These can help reduce the chances of having an accident. For example, reduce your speed to below the speed limit for that area. Watch out for speed limit signs, especially in residential areas where it may be 20mph or below. You can always pull over – safely, of course – to get your bearings and allow people to pass if need be.
Maps and sat-nav
Sat-nav is good enough, but all too often people rely on it too much and get into trouble. To avoid this, make sure you read a map before you depart. If you have someone else in the car with you, get them to map read for you so you know where you are. Don’t be afraid to pull over in a safe spot to work out where you are if you get lost. And remember, you can always ask for directions.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to watch out for road signs. It’s easy to stop noticing them when you are in familiar surroundings, but they can be very useful when you are somewhere you’ve never been before. For instance, there could be blind summits, a sharp bend that’s sharper than you may think, and the prospect of wild animals in the road. By paying attention to those signs, you can soon see where potential dangers lie.
Take your time
While it can be dangerous to drive too slowly, it is never a good idea to drive too fast when driving on unfamiliar roads. A sharp bend could be all it takes to cause an accident, even when no one else is around. If you are in the countryside you should also watch out for slow farm vehicles.
Accident Advice Helpline might be able to help you make a compensation claim if you have been injured and someone else was at fault. Call 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead